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Former KU student charged with Lawrence bank robberies
December 31, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 5:48 p.m.) A former Kansas University student has been arrested and charged with robbing three Lawrence banks at gunpoint.
Stars and Sweets, Forever
Cookbook author says pudding, not pumpkin pie, was first dessert
December 31, 2003
You could make the argument that the first truly American dessert was pumpkin pie, served up at the original Thanksgiving dinner and enjoyed by Native Americans and English pilgrims. It would seem to make sense — but you’d be wrong.
Timberwolves bash Bulls
Garnett has 28 points, 15 rebounds in 98-93 win
December 31, 2003
The Minnesota Timberwolves blew a big lead, missed free throws down the stretch and turned the ball over too much in the fourth quarter. No problem, they were playing the Chicago Bulls.
Washington State stuns UT
No. 15 Cougars hold on against No. 5 Longhorns
December 31, 2003
Now this was a Holiday Bowl, with big plays all over the place. No. 15 Washington State scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to build a 16-point lead, then came up with a huge defensive stand late in the fourth quarter to beat No. 5 Texas, 28-20, Tuesday night.
Year in review: A month-by-month look at 2003 in Lawrence
December 31, 2003
Athletics upheavals, the bond issue, cryptosporidium, the Dole Institue of Politics — Lawrence’s top stories of 2003 spanned a variety of topics and drew a good bit of national attention.
Glen E. Hastings
December 31, 2003
Designers push our buttons
December 31, 2003
At last! New Year’s resolutions for the people who need ‘em most — THE ELECTRONIC-DEVICE DESIGNER’S SOLEMN PLEDGE.
Briefly
December 31, 2003
¢ Powell returns to work ¢ Trucker rule change aimed at reducing deaths ¢ Inspector doesn’t want U.S. help in Libya ¢ Zoo claims to have world’s largest snake
Low-fat dish gets flavor from holiday spices
December 31, 2003
Warm cinnamon and saffron combine with coriander and cumin to lend complex flavor to this Moroccan-style dish.
U.S. bans use of sick cows for meat
December 31, 2003
To bolster confidence in U.S. beef, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman on Tuesday banned sick and injured cattle — those at the highest risk to have mad cow disease — from the nation’s food supply.
Mars rovers promise new views of Red Planet
December 31, 2003
Like a couple of camera-packing tourists, two robotic rovers are schlepping enough photographic gear to Mars to keep the folks back home in pictures for years.
Treacherous territory
Elderly people unable to care for themselves need legal protection, but it will be difficult for the state to know when to step in.
December 31, 2003
Attorneys say a local case in which a man is charged with murdering his elderly father by abuse is charting new legal territory for Kansas.
Woodling: My faves of ‘02-‘03 Jayhawks
December 31, 2003
This is now and that was then, but I hate to let the year slip away without one more retrospective on Kansas University’s memorable 2002-2003 men’s basketball season. Just for the heck of it, here are the games from the ‘03 portion of that NCAA Final Four season that stuck in my mind.
Suggs, Boldin tapped for defense, offense
December 31, 2003
Although he didn’t start until the season finale, Terrell Suggs was so impressive for the Baltimore Ravens that he earned the Associated Press’ NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award Tuesday.
Stuffed mushrooms often party favorite
December 31, 2003
I overheard a dinner guest describe stuffed mushrooms as “appetizer nirvana.” That’s a strong recommendation for these oldie-but-goodie party morsels. Do they really rate that high an appraisal? I asked.
McCreary services
December 31, 2003
Convicted killer dies in Mo. nursing home
Faye Copeland once was considered nation’s oldest woman on death row
December 31, 2003
Faye Copeland, a convicted killer once considered the nation’s oldest woman on death row, has died at a nursing home where she had been released on medical parole, the Missouri Department of Corrections said Tuesday. She was 82.
Horoscopes
December 31, 2003
Briefly
December 31, 2003
¢ Lewinsky’s request for legal fees rejected ¢ New storm diverts from mudslide area ¢ Owner faces charge in dog-mauling death ¢ Artist can toy with Barbie’s image
Briefly
December 31, 2003
¢ NBC airs Iraqi video taken after ambush ¢ U.S. adds resident every 12 seconds ¢ Soldiers’ families to receive plane tickets ¢ Royal dog Dotty cleared of mauling queen’s corgi
New rules hamper presidential choice
December 31, 2003
Something strange and important has happened to the system of picking presidential candidates. Influence that was supposed to move from political insiders to the broad public has been captured by activists, pollsters, pundits and fund-raisers — not exactly the people the reformers had in mind. The new system removes the useful peer-group screening that once operated but fails in its promise to give power to the people.
Year in golf provides many laughs
PGA Tour in 2003 certainly didn’t lack in humor department — even with injuries
December 31, 2003
Never judge a golf season by first impressions. Ernie Els won four times in his first six tournaments (he finished second by one shot in the other two) and was poised to challenge Tiger Woods. Then, he injured his wrist on a punching bag and never regained his momentum.
Spurrier resigns from ‘Skins
Former Washington coach ready ‘to move on’
December 31, 2003
Steve Spurrier resigned Tuesday as coach of the Washington Redskins, ending a failed attempt to bring his Fun ‘n’ Gun offense to the NFL.
Area residents ready to ring in new year
Free Tipsy Taxi rides to be offered for revelers
December 31, 2003
The end is near for 2003. Get ready to welcome 2004. As one of the biggest party nights of the year, New Year’s Eve will find area bars and clubs packed with revelers for music, dancing and drinking — and some celebrating too much.
Ashcroft recuses himself from inquiry of CIA leak
December 31, 2003
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft removed himself Tuesday from the investigation into whether the Bush administration leaked a CIA operative’s name to a newspaper columnist, and a career federal prosecutor from Chicago was named as special counsel to take over.
03’s top stories a news whirlwind
December 31, 2003
¢ Hirings and firings in KU athletics ¢ City Commission fights new Wal-Mart ¢ Sex class under fire ¢ Tornado hits southwest Lawrence ¢ March madness ¢ Police chase comes to deadly ending in crash ¢ School bond fails ¢ Slaying a mystery ¢ Crypto outbreak
Tips to toasting new year
December 31, 2003
From romantic sipping to festive New Year’s toasts, for many people sparkling wine makes the occasion.
Wittig, Lake plead not guilty
Judge allows former Westar executives to remain free until trial
December 31, 2003
David Wittig and another former executive pleaded innocent Tuesday to federal charges of trying to plunder Westar Energy Inc., then beat back prosecutors’ attempts to force new financial disclosures from them.
Vintage costumes ruined in fire
Lawrence Community Theatre cleans up from damaging blaze Monday
December 31, 2003
Cleanup operations began Tuesday at the Lawrence Community Theatre building after a Monday night fire destroyed thousands of costumes in a basement clothing storage room. Many of those costumes were vintage 1940s and 1950s clothing that will be hard to replace, said Mary Doveton, theater director. A large number of men’s tuxedos also were lost, she said.
County’s historical society names new president
December 31, 2003
The Douglas County Historical Society has a new leader and an infusion of new expertise from Kansas University. Jerry Niebaum, a former director of KU’s Computer Center, will spend 2004 as president of the organization’s board of directors, the society announced Tuesday.
Proposal offers cap on senior property taxes
December 31, 2003
Senior citizens who own the homes they live in would have their property taxes capped under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by two northeast Kansas lawmakers. “Kansas seniors need relief from escalating property valuations,” said state Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie.
City and state briefs
December 31, 2003
¢ Children have fancy tea at annual library event ¢ Commission approves N. Lawrence flood study ¢ Legislative delegation to hear public concerns ¢ Sheriff’s officers, KBI investigate fatal shooting ¢ New Year’s Day walk to begin at hospital
Pop culture took wacky diversions in 2003
December 31, 2003
Girl-on-girl kisses. Talking fish. Weddings announced. Weddings postponed. Weddings broadcast worldwide. Nasty front-line video from Baghdad. Nasty backroom video from Paris.
Get ‘Arrested’ with Fox marathon
December 31, 2003
On a night of movies, marathons and New Year’s Eve madness, two specials stand out. Fox offers four opportunities to catch up with its innovative comedy “Arrested Development” (TV-PG). Jason Bateman stars as the harried good son in a completely irresponsible clan of rich folks beset by serious dysfunction and the incarceration of the family patriarch (Jeffrey Tambor).
On the record
December 31, 2003
Government offices, businesses to be closed for New Year’s Day
December 31, 2003
Virtually all public services will close or shut down Thursday for the New Year’s Day holiday, and some will be closed on other days, too.
U.S. food regulations could use tightening
December 31, 2003
As we end the year, the news media are keeping us fixated on an otherwise indistinct 6-year-old Holstein who was hauled off to slaughter about three weeks ago. The cow was butchered at a Washington state processing plant, despite being visibly ill at the time of her demise, and now represents the first confirmed U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.
Area briefs
December 31, 2003
¢ Former council member tapped for mayor’s post ¢ Project to count birds in backyard habitats ¢ Fund seeks gifts for KU Heritage Garden
Pork makes low-fat chili
December 31, 2003
Lean pork tenderloin cooks up tender in just 5 minutes, yet delivers simmered-all-day flavor. That’s good news for times when you need a robust, warming meal at short notice on a cold winter day.
Anna Evers Pufahl
December 31, 2003
Spacecraft to collect debris from comet
December 31, 2003
A spacecraft is on track to fly through the tail of a comet on Friday, collecting hundreds of specks of the primitive material from which the sun, the planets and all living creatures are made, NASA said.
Edsel Derwood Wiggins
December 31, 2003
Human cost
December 31, 2003
Police as tools?
December 31, 2003
Ready for cold
December 31, 2003
Health crisis
December 31, 2003
Dental initiative to treat city’s poor
December 31, 2003
Residents of one of Wichita’s poorest neighborhoods will receive low-cost dental care through a new program.
FedEx pays $2.4B for Kinko’s
December 31, 2003
Shipping giant FedEx Corp. agreed to buy copy shop chain Kinko’s for $2.4 billion in cash Tuesday, in a deal the companies said would vastly expand FedEx’s retail presence and make Kinko’s “a one-stop back office” for small- and mid-size businesses.
Commodities
December 31, 2003
Big Dub getting big snub
Simien barely touching ball in KU offense
December 31, 2003
It’s painful to watch a replay of Wayne Simien getting his right shoulder knocked out of place last season at Kemper Arena. Nearly as unsightly, however, is the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder fighting for position against two and three defenders, with Big Dub’s Kansas University basketball teammates unable to feed him for easy buckets.
Jayhawks jostle Fairfield
December 31, 2003
Six players scored in double figures, helping Kansas University’s women’s basketball team roll to an 84-70 victory Tuesday over Fairfield in the consolation game of the Dartmouth Blue Sky Restaurant Classic.
Bye big-time benefit for Chiefs
Vermeil knows Kansas City needs time to heal, rest before playoffs begin
December 31, 2003
Dick Vermeil does not fret about his team losing its rhythm when it takes off the first week of the postseason. For one thing, his Kansas City Chiefs could be completely healthy for the first time in several weeks by the time they play host to a second-round game.
Arrowhead game unlikely in KU’s near future
December 31, 2003
Ever since Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium opened in 1972, speculation has surfaced Kansas University might one day play a football game at the home of the NFL’s Chiefs. More than three decades later, the Jayhawks still haven’t played a game in Arrowhead.
Bush team bans sale of ephedra
After heated controversy, government bars supplement
December 31, 2003
The Bush administration is banning the sale of ephedra early next year and urged consumers Tuesday to immediately stop using the herbal stimulant linked to the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler.
Knicks acquire Norris for Weatherspoon
December 31, 2003
Reserve forward Clarence Weatherspoon was traded Tuesday from the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets for point guard Moochie Norris and center John Amaechi.
Symons sparks Red Raiders’ rout
December 31, 2003
B.J. Symons did what he’s done all year, busted knee and all. Symons completed the most prolific passing season in Division I-A history by throwing for 497 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders to a 38-14 victory Tuesday over Navy in the Houston Bowl, then said afterward he had been playing despite a torn ligament in his left knee for more than two months.
Belmont shocks Mizzou
December 31, 2003
Missouri coach Quin Snyder had no complaints about the boos for the home team from the Hearnes Center crowd Tuesday.
Ohlde, Kansas State thump SEMS
December 31, 2003
Nicole Ohlde scored 17 points and Kendra Wecker added 16 to lead No. 11 Kansas State to a 78-42 victory Tuesday over Southeast Missouri State in the UTSA New Year’s Eve Classic.
6News video: Fire destroys vintage costumes
December 31, 2003
No one was injured in the fire that broke out at the Lawrence Community Theater Monday evening, but at least $15,000 in vintage costumes and tuxedos were destroyed.
6Sports video: Lee probably must wait for Kansas State
December 31, 2003
Coach Bill Self said the Colorado game would mark an early return for an injured Michael Lee, making the Jan. 14 game against Kansas State a more likely target.
6Sports video: Simien not seeing ball often
December 31, 2003
So far this season, Wayne Simien is seeing less of the basketball than coach Bill Self would like.
6Sports video: Texas falls in Holiday Bowl
December 31, 2003
A second half comeback by Washington State was enough to defeat the Longhorns 28-20.
6Sports video: Red Raiders roll over Navy
December 31, 2003
The momentum went back and forth but finally sided with Texas Tech in its 38-14 win in the Houston Bowl.
People
December 31, 2003
¢ Spears, Aguilera trade barbs ¢ Jackson, Nation of Islam linked ¢ ‘Home Improvement’ actor dies ¢ Delivery for Paris Hilton?
Legislators to push life sciences plan
Proposal seen as economic development for entire state
December 31, 2003
A “bold package” to be submitted to the 2004 Legislature would make life sciences research and development the fourth major segment of the Kansas economy, a state legislator said Tuesday. “We think of agriculture, aviation and gas and oil as the three legs of the stool,” said Rep. Kenny Wilk, chairman of the House Economic Development Committee. “We want to create a fourth leg.”
Adrie Verlee Hartl
December 31, 2003
Alan Marshall Ptacek
December 31, 2003
Dorothy ‘Mickey’ Biddle
December 31, 2003
Jeffrey Keith Tudor
December 31, 2003
Bridge replacements over turnpike slated
December 31, 2003
Crews are planning to replace three bridges crossing the Kansas Turnpike northwest of Lawrence, including one that will be shut down in mid-February.
K.C. restaurant to celebrities closes
December 31, 2003
The Italian Gardens, a downtown Kansas City restaurant that had been a favorite of local power brokers and visiting celebrities, has closed after 78 years.
Gordon, UConn rout UMass
December 31, 2003
Ben Gordon’s teammates have seen it all before. The roundhouse dunk or a rim-rattling slam to finish a break or a cool three-pointer with a man in his face, that’s just Ben being Ben, the Connecticut Huskies say.
Briefcase
December 31, 2003
¢ Job worries hamper consumer confidence ¢ Healthy market seen for computer chips ¢ Italian dairy founder to be jailed for fraud
Sebelius backs off funding shift for public schools
Remarks to Wichita newspaper misinterpreted, governor says
December 31, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius believes legislators should reconsider giving school districts extra money based on the size of their enrollment, but she is stopping short of proposing to shift money from rural to urban schools.
Shuttle should be grounded
December 31, 2003
The space shuttle should never fly again. As Times staff writer Robert Lee Hotz showed in a series explaining why Columbia exploded during reentry this year, the $1.8-billion spacecraft was a miracle of ingenuity constructed from “the raw material of the American character It was America rising.” But as Hotz went on to point out, it also was by design as unsafe as a white butterfly bolted to a bullet.
Mixing politics and religion
December 31, 2003
Democrats have been trying hard in recent years to squeeze God into their politics, perceiving that Republicans have an edge on invoking the Creator to bless their policies. Democrats worry they suffer from a “God gap.”
Car that crashed, killing seven, reported stolen
December 31, 2003
Eugene Arnold refused to let his 14-year-old son go joyriding with friends this past weekend, an instinct that may have spared the teen from a horrific crash that killed seven of his peers following a police chase.
Clyde Junior ‘Chuck’ McMillin
December 31, 2003
Jayni’s Kitchen’ features ‘Star-Spangled’ recipes
December 31, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Wintertime Desserts with Cookbook Author Judith Fertig.”
Iran thanks U.S. for aid but downplays closer ties
December 31, 2003
As survivors of Iran’s earthquake scavenged for clothes and jostled for handouts Tuesday, President Mohammad Khatami thanked the United States for aid but played down talk that Washington’s contribution would thaw frosty relations.
FDA bans ephedra, urges consumers to quit using herb now
December 31, 2003
The Bush administration is banning the sale of ephedra early next year and urged consumers Tuesday to immediately stop using the herbal stimulant that has been linked to 155 deaths and dozens of heart attacks and strokes.
Daily ticker
December 31, 2003
Ranchers play waiting game in mad cow world
Prices drop off but still remain higher than last year
December 31, 2003
After the discovery of mad cow disease in neighboring Washington state, rancher Steve Coleman’s herd of Angus beef cattle lost about 15 percent of its value — a drop that Coleman estimated cost him about $75,000.
County home sales continue on record pace
December 31, 2003
The streak continues. November marked the 11th consecutive month home sales in Douglas County topped sales made in the same month of 2002, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office.
Colts trying to end postseason failures
December 31, 2003
The Indianapolis Colts want to forget their painful past. They have lost five straight playoff games since 1995 and haven’t won a home playoff game since the 1970 season.
Briefly
December 31, 2003
¢ Historical quilt depicts Lewis & Clark scenes ¢ ‘Romeo’ pleads guilty to defrauding dates ¢ School superintendent accused of shoplifting